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Dinner in the Phoenix Scottsdale area

anothernotch Jul 16, 2008 03:31 PM

My family and I are currently staying at the JW Meriott Desert Ridge. We are planning a dinner for five on Thursday night and are considering Eddie V's or the Capital Grille as dining options. We are looking for a nice night out, quality of food is the most important criteria. We are open to any type of cuisine and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    bizzlewillits RE: anothernotch Jul 16, 2008 03:38 PM

    I have not been to Eddie V's, but have always heard great things. I prefer Mastros over Capitoll Grille.

    Mastro's Steak House
    8852 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

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      ejs1492 RE: bizzlewillits Jul 16, 2008 03:57 PM

      I would completely agree. You can go to Capitol Grille in lots of cities, but only Mastro's in Scottsale and Los Angeles. Mastro's a bit higher in price-point than Eddie V's, if that's a factor. Eddie V's is very good.

    2. dcdavis RE: anothernotch Jul 16, 2008 03:59 PM

      I think it's called Don and Charles Steakhouse. Old school feel. Banquets and memorabilia on the walls. Best service possible. Food was fantastic. Very comfortable for a group. On Camelback west of Fashion Square.

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        ejs1492 RE: dcdavis Jul 16, 2008 04:17 PM

        Don and Charlie's - you are correct. An often overlooked and underappreciated institution. Great food, world class service. One of the few AZ restaurants I've been going to since 1984.....one of the few places that's been around that long and still as good as ever. I added a place link.

        Don & Charlie's
        7501 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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        duck833 RE: anothernotch Jul 16, 2008 04:15 PM

        We have always gotten great service and good food at Capital Grill. We are not going back to Eddie V's and I think Mastro's is over priced.

        1. 3star RE: anothernotch Jul 16, 2008 04:32 PM

          Eddie V's is very good... food is spectacular, service not so much. However, the price is good and the quality is excellent.

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            blair_houghton RE: anothernotch Jul 16, 2008 04:47 PM

            Roaring Fork. You will love it. Everyone does. Yes, everyone.

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              ginael RE: blair_houghton Jul 18, 2008 11:23 AM

              Didn't the original chef/owner, MacGrath (spelled incorrectly I'm sure) leave RF? Heard the food is not quite the same now with his departure.

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                Firenza00 RE: ginael Jul 18, 2008 11:46 AM

                He sold his interest a year or so back. I've heard mixed reports on the food since his departure. Some say it's the same, other say it's gone down. We haven't been for several years, so can't compare.

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              cabbageking RE: anothernotch Jul 17, 2008 02:22 PM

              Any foodie who visits Phoenix without a taste of one of Richardson Browne's three Phoenix restaurants (Richardson's, Rokerij, Dick's Hideaway) is truly missing something. All three line 16th Street in North Phoenix (about a twenty-five-minute drive from where you're staying). Both Richardson's and the Hideaway share a New Mexican-inspired menu of red meat, seafood, pasta, pizza and traditional Santa Fe dishes (posole, green chile, carne asada, etc.), while Rokerij is a protein pit (steaks, chops, Osso buco, lamb and more) which also offers a few highlight dishes from its spicy, sister restaurants.
              I say (and I'm a Valley restaurant owner and working food/restaurant writer), start with a few shared, preliminary courses at either Richardson's or Dick's Hideaway- don't miss the roasted garlic plate, by any means (available at all three restaurants), the pasta Heidi, or the chile rellenos- and then head up the street a few blocks to Rokerij for some red meat (but start with a drink in the sultry, downstairs lounge).
              I'm sure the folks at the front dest of your hotel can get you directions. It's worth the drive. Make sure you call for reservations. I think Richardson's number is: 602-265-5886.

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                drewb123 RE: cabbageking Jul 17, 2008 03:05 PM

                To stay in close proximity of your hotel I would go to Mastro's for steak, Ocean club for seafood. They are owned by the same people.

                Are you looking to eat a certain type of food?

                I have been to don and charlies and it is good but it is more ribs and chicken and more casual. Depends on what your looking for.

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                Maggie Kramer RE: anothernotch Jul 17, 2008 04:24 PM

                Capital is great but why come here to get what you can get elsewhere. Eddie V's is nice but we locals tire of all the steak houses so it's hard to recommend it. Personally I think the loads of steakhouses here are overpriced, pretentious and not as good as other metropolitan cities (still good, but not AS good). Why not try something more "local high end" like Digestif or Fine's Cellar. Was a big fan of Sportsman's so I'm headed to Fine's this weekend at the reco of many friends. Roka Akor is interesting also but I dunno if I'd reco it over those, or See Saw.

                Here is a new article with several newer restaurants in the EV - several in Scottsdale. Bourban Steak is probably my favorite steakhouse but again, Mina has other locations.


                Keep us posted where you go and how you like it!!!!

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                  azhotdish RE: Maggie Kramer Jul 17, 2008 05:03 PM

                  Or local, somewhat-high-end and seasonal: Rancho Pinot. Just a short trek down Scottsdale Rd.

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                  marc11111 RE: anothernotch Jul 17, 2008 09:02 PM

                  hey, gotta go to the havana cafe on bell a bit west of scottsdale rd. I hear it's great. North at kierland was ok for the atmosphere. The food wasn't memorable.
                  oregano for pizza at scottsdale and shea along with sushi on shea. Why spend a lot on a piece of meat you can get anywhere. For the ultimate go to cavecreek and eat at binkly's. Now that's good and special:)

                  marc the pontificator

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                    drewb123 RE: marc11111 Jul 18, 2008 03:02 PM

                    marc111 agree with binkleys but closed till august. and seriously disagree with oregano's what a chain and just boring.

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                    Timjel RE: anothernotch Jul 18, 2008 02:59 PM

                    We like Cowboy Ciao on Stetson for a nice room, interesting cooking, and good wine list. You can wander next door to their "Kaz Bar" for an after dinner drink and a little jazz, too.

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                      anothernotch RE: anothernotch Jul 18, 2008 05:06 PM

                      Thanks to everyone for their suggestions. As it turns we went to both Capital Grill and Eddie V's – at risk of stating the obvious, on different nights. We are in town from LA and have dined at Mastro's, in my opinion, as it turns out, slightly better but also pricier than Capital Grill. We really enjoyed our dinner at both places.

                      At the Capital Grill we (my wife and I) shared the French Onion soup (good not great) and the wedge salad (very nice - although I though they could have included more chunks of blue cheese). For the mains I had a bone in rib-eye crusted in porcini mushrooms and glazed with a 12 year balsamic (outstanding), my wife had the bone in rib-eye (also very good). All told a very nice meal. We thought the service was adequate. I would not hesitate to compare it to Nick & Stef’s in Los Angeles.

                      The Eddie V dinner was also spot on. The Maryland crab cake, tempura battered scallops with asparagus and shitake mushrooms, and a special sushi (halibut, tuna, and marlin) starters were highlights. My wife ordered a seared blue fin tuna main that I thought was the entree highlight of the evening. We split two deserts, a chocolate soufflé and an apple tort that were outstanding.

                      On our next trip we will have to branch out and try some of the other restaurants suggested in the posts. Thanks again.

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